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About ENAC

A unique cocktail

Architecture, civil engineering and environmental engineering: three disciplines combined in one faculty, preparing our society to address one of biggest challenges of the 21st century. ENAC helps to develop solutions that ensure a sustainable living environment for humanity through a sound and respectful integration of human activities into the biosphere.

This unique potential of interdisciplinarity allows us to achieve excellence in the training of tomorrow’s engineers and place our scientists at the forefront of research.

ENAC Sustainability challenges

The threat of ecosystem collapse, the digital revolution and rapid urbanization are major challenges that need be addressed in a holistic way, whilst considering societal, economic and technological issues. ENAC is ideally positioned to play a leading role in the social and ecological transition. We are working on three strategic focus areas to:

Climate change:
Develop knowledge and offer solutions to climate change.

Digitalization:
Harness digital transformation to support sustainable urban development.

Urbanization:
Adopt new approaches to urbanization to develop sustainable territories.

Our vision:

ENAC makes a substantial contribution to sustainability transitions in our natural and built environments.

Our mission:

ENAC helps to provide a sustainable living environment for future generations, by developing knowledge and solutions for the successful integration of human activities into the biosphere.

General statistics 2020

Education

2151

Students

Distribution by gender

  • Women
  • Men

Distribution by level

  • Bachelor
  • Master
  • PHD
  • Continuing education

597

Degrees

Distribution by section

  • Civil engineering
  • Environmental sciences and engineering
  • Architecture

Research and innovation

583

Researchers

70

Research units

22

Research and technology transfer agreements

Staff

761

Collaborators (644 FTE)

Distribution by gender

  • Women
  • Men

53

Nationalities

Budget

Financial contribution (%)

  • Federal Funds
  • Third Party Funds

Expenditures by category (86 mio. CHF)

  • Investments
  • Operating costs
  • Human Ressources

Third Party Funds (23 mio. CHF)

  • Governement Agencies
  • European research programmes
  • Mandates
  • Research Funds
  • Others

Interdisciplinary Centers

We are involved in the work of various research centers and collaborate actively with other institutions – because tackling issues holistically is the surest path to innovative new solutions, and because interdisciplinary research is a core value at our school.

Chairs supported by our donors and partners

The Petrosvibri chair seeks to integrate and combine state-of-art research capacities to understand the challenging geo-mechanical behavior of geological CO2 injection and storage.

The Gaznat Chair on Geo-Energy combine experimental and theoretical research to improve the engineering of subterranean porous reservoir in a sustainable manner. The chair addresses a number of current geo-energy challenges associated with geothermal energy production, gas production and storage.

The Swiss Mobiliar Chair in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Living draws on broad interdisciplinary expertise to develop new research avenues at the crossroads between social and environmental sciences. The chair focuses in particular on relations between humans and their environment in urban systems.

The Margaretha KAMPRAD Chair studies physical processes as an avenue for understanding lake ecosystems, the management of natural water resources and lakes as natural scale-up “laboratories” for stratified environmental flow studies.

The Ingvar KAMPRAD Chair conducts field studies looking at interactions between the atmosphere, cryosphere, ocean, land and human activities. Assuming a perspective of atmospheric science, the goal is to characterize processes that are directly influenced by humans versus natural processes that are undergoing change due to climate forcing.